Archive for January, 2014

Club set for European Champion Clubs Cross Country

The Clonliffe men are finalising their preparations for Sunday`s European Clubs Cross Country. Ireland`s top distance runner Alistair Cragg arrives home tomorrow ready to fly out with the team and travelling support on Friday afternoon. The team is one of the strongest to represent Clonliffe in the Europeans for maybe 30 years: Cragg, Mark Kenneally, Sergiu Ciobanu, Jayme Rossister, Colm Rooney and the ever dependable evergreen Gary O`Hanlon.

Albufeira will witness a seriously competitive senior mens race featuring defending champion Andrea Lalli (ITA) and current European cross country champion Alemayuh Bezabeh (ESP).  The clubs to beat are once again Atletismo Bikilia, the defending champions and Lalli`s club G.S. Fiamme Gialle.

Final entries are available:

Good luck not only to the Clonliffe men but also to our northside neighbours Raheny Shamrocks in the senior women`s race and to DSD in both junior men and junior women.



Kris in top class form at Vienna Classic

A great run tonight by Kristaps Valters at the Vienna Indoor Classic as he cruised to a new indoor 800 pb of 1.50.71 taking a massive 1.5 seconds off his previous indoor best. Kris ran his 800 pb of 1.49.64 at last year`s Morton Games and will already have that time firmly in his sights.

Sergiu warms up for Euro Clubs plus Raheny 5

National Cross Country Champion Sergiu Ciobanu completed his preparations for next Sunday`s European Clubs Cross Country with a 5th place finish in the John Treacy 10 Mile in Dungarvan today in a time of 50.34. Joining him in the County Waterford race were Declan Power 30th (56.29), Kieran Murphy (62.07) for 123rd and Maurice McCrohan 130th with a time of 62.40.

At the Raheny 5 Mile also on Sunday the club`s first finisher of the almost 30 Harriers there was Tudor Mircea 13th in 26.02. Other Clonliffe : Christopher Muldoon 27.40, Tom Sherlock 27.42, David Brady 28.09, Clive Ahern 28.41, Conor Keane 28.51, Ailish Malone 29.26, Conor Delaney 30.11, Hans de raeymaeker 30.52, Shane Casey 31.10, Tom Griffin 33.31, Kevin Dowling 31.37, Alan Worrall 32.28, Declan Murray 33.12, Richie Barr 33.32, Marie Byrne 33.37, Pat Devitt 34.29, Trevor Wisdom 34.23, Alison O`Sullivan 34.33, Emma Dunne 36.17, Clodagh Moriarty 36.14, Aine McCann 37.05, Patricia McGrath 42.00, Yvonne McDonagh 42.37, Elizabeth Kearns 43.03, Sinead Smith 44.23, Richard Connolly 49.48, Kathy Foley 52.52.

There was successful for Clonliffe in the juvenile race at Raheny held just before the 5 miler as Abbie Sheehy took a fine win in the U/12 800m race. In the U/16 one mile race Hannah Browne also ran an excellent race to finish 5th.

Finally on the weekend round up Mark McDonald took in an indoor meet in London where he recorded a time of 1.56.73 in a tactical 800, having gone through a 58 second opening 400.

Silver lining at National Junior & U/23 Indoor C`ships

Athlone was once again the venue today for another National Indoor Championship as the Junior and U/23 athletes took to the boards. There was only a small number of Clonliffe athletes in action and at the end of a long day three silver and one bronze was the total haul for the black and amber. National senior 60m champion Keith Pike was 2nd in the U/23 60m in 7.09, having earlier won his heat in 7.17, with Paul Whelan taking 3rd in 7.16. Andrew Jenkinson had a good run in the U/23 800 also taking silver after a 1.57.87 four lapper. Finally Ryan Cleary, who mid week ran the West Leinster Schools cross country, was back in his favoured event the Walk, Ryan taking Junior 3,000 race walk silver (14.07.51)

Bernie Byrne`s masterclass in Athlone at National Indoors

Yesterday`s National Masters Indoor Championships at the magnificent Athlone IT International Arena brought out the best in the athletes taking part, none more so that Clonliffe`s Master Athlete of the Year 2013 Bernie Byrne. Bernie was in inspired form, competing in the O/50 category, she won double gold: the 1500m in 5.22.46 and the 3,000m in a time of 11.20.24, the later being a new national O/50 indoors record by some 40 seconds!

Gold also for Ronan Gately in the 60m H O/45 in 12.4. In the O/40 200 John Hartnett took silver in a time of 25.35.

Another successful sortie also for Philip O`Doherty who won his umpteenth masters title taking the O/50 800 title in 2.15.15. The race of the day, according to reports was the O/35 800 where in the dive for the line Mounir Bouzzine lost out on gold by 0.02. Mounir 2nd in 2.01.91. George Maybury was another in medal winning form taking double bronze back to Santry, George was 3rd in the O/60 800 (2.32.98) and 1500 (5.22.41).

Mounir Bouzzine masters indoor

(pictured) O/35 800m Mounir Bouzzine 2nd by 0.02 of a second!

Top Clonliffe athletes for European Clubs Cross Country

One of the strongest ever Clonliffe men`s teams assembled will take up the challenge at next weekend`s European Clubs Cross Country Championships. The team includes Olympians, World Championships athletes and National Champions and will look to emulate the best ever team performance by a Clonliffe team at these championships of 5th place in 1983 and a mere 2 points off bronze ( 1983 team: J. Kiernan 7th, N. Harvey 8th, J. Finnegan 19th and D. Noonan 32nd).

The 2014 team for Albufeira is: Alistair Cragg, Mark Kenneally, Sergiu Ciobanu, Jayme Rossister, Gary O`Hanlon and Colm Rooney.

Alistair Cragg: 3 time Olympian over 5,000m and a finalist in 2004 and 2008, Irish record holder over 5,000m ,10,000m and half marathon, European Indoor 3,000m gold medallist 2005, national champion 1500m 2004, 5,000m 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Mark Kenneally: 2012 London Olympic Games (marathon), 8th European Cross Country (Santry) 2009, 6th European Clubs Cross Country Bilbao 2010,  National 10,000m champion 2011 and 2013, National cross country champion 2010.

Sergiu Ciobanu: 2013 World Championships Marathon, National marathon champion 2009 and 2010, National Cross Country Champion 2013. European clubs 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Jayme Rossister: National Intermediate Cross Country Champion 2012, the only athlete to represent Clonliffe in the European cross country clubs at both junior (Bilbao 2010) and senior (2014) level.

Gary O`Hanlon: winner of national team cross country on multiple occasions, seasoned campaigner for Clonliffe at European clubs, Marathon runner extraordinaire (winner in 2013 of Limerick, Kildare, Longford, Waterford and Clonakilty Marathons) and prolific road racer.

Colm Rooney: National 1500m champion 2008, 1500m pb 3.43.13, 800m pb 1.50.8, national cross country team winner, 17th European clubs  2007, 29th 2008.

Reserves: John Heneghan and Brian MacMahon

The team travels to Portugal on Friday afternoon with the race on Sunday February 2nd. The very best of luck. Nil desperandum.

Lane 1 closed for next Thursday night training

Members please note that the the club has agreed to make lane 1 exclusively available to Alan O`Neill and the boys of St. Aidans next Thursday Jan. 30th. The St. Aidans lads are involved in a relay that night from 7.00pm as a fund raiser for their upcoming trip to the European open schools cross country in Gran Canaria in February. Needless to say any sponsorship will be much appreciated by the lads, however, more importantly members cooperation in leaving lane 1 vacant is very much appreciated.

The Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k Steeplechase

The annual 5k cross country/steeple chase in memory of Clonliffe Harrier Dylan Ahern takes place on Saturday February 8th at 12.00 noon in Malahide Castle.

The course in the Castle is the Castle Field car park. As this is a race run on a handicap basis please contact Maurice in advance (0872582161). The event is open to all members of Clonliffe Harriers AC and guest (by invitation only). Prize giving will take place in Oscar Taylors, Malahide @ 3:20pm.

Clonliffe Quartet safely through West Leinster Schools

At a cold and windswept Phoenix Park today the first of the Leinster regional qualifiers took place, the West Leinsters. At stake were berths in the Leinster Schools Cross Country which will be hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne on Wednesday February 12th.

The four Clonliffe athletes running for their schools all safely negotiated safe passage through to the Aviva Leinsters in a little less than three weeks time.

In the minor boys race Ben Guiden ran the best race of his fledgling athletics career in the black and white of Belvedere running a very positive race he got off to a flying start from what was the biggest field of the day got himself safely into the top ten and then worked his way through the field to finish in an excellent 6th place as he led the Belvedere boys to a 3rd place team finish.

Also safely through in the minor girls race was Lauren Carr who finished 14th for Coolmine in the minor girls race.

Another excellent performance from one of Clonliffe’s Belvedere boys from Kevin Loftus. Again Kevin got out of the blocks quickly and ran a particularly fine second lap also to take a 6th place finish. Finally Ryan Cleary, who of course is an international race walker, once again donned the cross country spikes to compete for his school finishing in a fine 11th place for Belvedere in the senior boys race. The Belvedere senior team winning the event.


Maiden road win for Sean Doran in Raheny

Clonliffe’s Sean Doran had a maiden victory on the road race circuit last night when he won the fifth round of the Raheny Shamrocks Winter League over two miles in a time of 10.58. Sean’s father Colm was 13th in 12.51.


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